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  1. There isn't much that hasn't been said about the greatness of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a player. He is one of the greatest batsman, knows how to win games for his country, is the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team and probably has the best reflexes as a wicket-keeper too! But MS Dhoni, in person, is equally phenomenal. From running a charity for the betterment of the financially backward students to showing his support to the Indian Army by holding friendly matches, the proceedings from which contribute to the better conditions of the 'jawans' at border, Dhoni has checked all the boxes for the prerequisites of being India's favourite son. Patriotism for the former captain is deep ingested in his heart. Prided with the position of Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army, Dhoni had once said: Once my cricket career is over, I would definitely like to serve in the army”. The love for his country seems to be guiding every action of the cricketing star as on Sunday, during the third and final T20I match between India and New Zealand at Hamilton, Dhoni's (almost) reflexive actions prevented the Indian tricolour from staying on the floor. Fan gives flag to Dhoni...!! pic.twitter.com/yxlNzXcsZ4 — Videos Shots (@videos_shots) February 10, 2019 Watch as one of Dhoni's millions of fans was able to rush past the security and onto the field just so he could fall on his idol's feet in love and respect. The fan happened to have a small Indian flag with him which Dhoni instantly picked up as the fan dove to the cricketer's feet, preventing the disrespect it would have meant. What's more is that while other sportspersons get finicky about fans running towards when with an object (which is totally understandable), Dhoni greeted the fan in white properly before he ran away clearly overflowing with joy as the security guard followed him in pursuit. Used to praising MSD for something or the other almost every single day, people once again took to Twitter, this time, to commend Dhoni's patriotic gesture: Dhoni never keep Flag on his helmet as he had to put it down for sometimes sums up this â£ðð»!! Massive Massive respect for this legend!!@msdhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/7wD16hYthE — MSD ð (@Vidyadhar_R) February 10, 2019 A Fan Breached Security To Touch MSD's feet at New Zealand . And Fan dropped INDIAN flag on Ground ð®ð³ . MSDhoni Picked the flag 1st #INDvNZ #Dhoni #Dhoni300 @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/vqvbjcayHE — ð®ð³ Sudhanshu Pandey ð®ð³ (@SudhanshuSK14) February 10, 2019 Thala #Dhoni da...ðð@msdhoni Respect Our National Flag.....ðð #INDvsNZt20 #IndVsNZ pic.twitter.com/vHVLG6FWyX — X-Men™ð­ (@itz_xWoLveriNe) February 10, 2019 MS Dhoni takes away the National Flag from a fan when he tries to touch his feet ð®ð³PATRIOTISM AT IT'S BEST pic.twitter.com/Rov9v8RfrA — Arvind Bishnoi (@Arvbishnoi29) February 10, 2019 He picked up the flag first. Huge huge Mr. Dhoni. @msdhoni https://t.co/ibFla4cY5z — 10 Bamboos (@Baba_Gyancho) February 10, 2019 MS Dhoni prevents Indian flag from touching the ground after a fan touches his feet in Hamilton#IndvsNz pic.twitter.com/9m652zpoVI — Sreejith p (@Sreejithp_SP) February 10, 2019
  2. They say falling in love with someone, at first sight, is something you only watch in the movies. It never comes to life anymore. I agree it's hard to compare falling in love with someone at first sight to knowing someone for years and then falling in love with them. But love, at first sight, does exist and in reality, it's one of the strongest bonds that barely deters in spirit. (c)Instagram Today's generation is a little sticky with this phenomena though. That's also because a lot of people don't know that the real concept of 'love at first sight' came from our forefathers and ancestors when love was a lot simpler and malleable. Relationships survived without the advent of the 'next right swipe'. (c)Instagram But nowadays, men and women alike, need the clarity to adopt love as a feature in their lives, to pursue one another to look for happiness. No one trusts love anymore, everyone is either rooting for 'the perfect match, after 20 swipes' or looking for 'the one'. Gone are the days, when you'd just meet someone and you know, they're the one for you. Well, not entirely gone though. Meet Ankita and Amish, the only real-time couple we've come across in a long time who've survived beautifully for six years after they fell in love with each other at first sight! I fell in love with her in one night flat- Amish (c)Instagram And that was that we're guessing. All it took for Amish was to spend a few hours with Ankita and be absolutely head over heels in love with her. And she with him. Amish and Ankita first met at a karaoke bar, where Ankita, much to her dislike, was setting her friend up with Amish, but little did she know, Amish already had his eyes set upon her and the rest of the night was just the two of them getting along like a house on fire. Although after her friend's insistence, Ankita decided to approach Amish to pursue him for her friend, instead she found what she was looking for, all along, right at that moment, right there and then. (c)Instagram We found love in a hopeless place, where the world was a drunken mess and looking to have a good time. It was almost like a weekly Wednesday meet up for subscribers of hedonism where winning mating game and detachment ruled the roost. And there he stood with his thick black glasses bobbing his head to a song. That night I realised I had found my co-conspirator, the worshipper of mush and cheese, the love for greasy food, wanderlust, believing the world was made of marsh-mellows and buttercream. He was my kind of boy - Ankita (c)Instagram That's how love swings, or is supposed to, isn't it? It doesn't wait, it never recedes at the perfect moment and it lets you know you can't control it. Falling in love, at first sight, is actually a long lost scientific battle. There is a science involved in every realm of it and while the chemicals balance in your brain, you keep falling deeper in that feeling. It's true, while you are falling in love, your brain is creating dopamine and serotonin, and the composition is a real rush. (c)Instagram But inadequately so, most young people today have learnt to consciously alter that immediate response by judging their own reaction while rejecting the other person's. It tough to let your feelings flow, when you're constantly rushed by numerous 'options' at hand, not giving yourself a chance to experience the purity of that rush. There's Incredible Strength In Just Getting To Know Someone From Scratch We sat across the table, ordered for wontons and beers. Dipped one in the hot sauce, took a bite like it meant life, made disgusting sounds, panted with a chilly breath and washed it down with pints of beers. It was almost like Wonton chomp, chilly pant, glug, hysterical laughter, awkward silence, butterflies and then repeat. I even chose a yellow muffler over a purple jacket for my date, not the quintessential LBD. I was my messy best but Amish always felt like home to me, so it was very real there was no need to pretend - Ankita (c)Instagram Their first date was somewhat like that. Their dynamic was built on the nuance of barely knowing each other. They'd just happen to meet at a bar and they started talking, so there was a lot to find out. But that's the best part about falling in love with someone instantaneously, isn't it? You want to know every little aspect of their existence till it fills your subconscious to the brim. Post their little encounter at the bar, the two spent a good amount of time together to find out who they really were and what made them fall in love, in the first place. (c)Instagram She's incredible. The human being she is, the power to give, the power to love beyond self-love, the power to stand against the tide or a cyclone or both, the warrior she is- Wonder Woman's got nothing on her, her innocence, her morality, her feminism. I am proud that a being like this exists in this humanity-is-secondary world - Amish Amish and Ankita finally tied the knot 3 years ago and because both met as total strangers in love, they started imbibing the best qualities from one another, just to be comfortable around each other. The likes of respect, equality, understanding, faith and trust was an autopilot derivative of that. Amish graceful took her last name after marriage because he realised love shouldn't succumb to your identity as unequal's, rather it should stand out in true equality and unity of one's mind, body and soul. (c)Instagram Amish believes in equality, I dig that about him. It's a simple virtue but easier said than done. When we got married he decided to take my sir name and said- 'why should you have all the fun and celebrate me, I want to celebrate you too - Ankita Relationships based on 'Love at first sight' are long-lasting. That's because they create an illusion of positivity in your head about accepting each other, through a myriad of reasons and making it works against all odds while starting from scratch. And every time Amish and Ankita talk about how they first met and fell in love instantly, their connection certainly deepens in time. (c)Instagram So, if you're looking for a love that's fulfilling and deep, keep your mind and soul open, you never know who you might meet and spend the rest of your life with, at that very moment! I have learnt to be a more aware and honest human being, who can accept his weaknesses, weigh his insecurities and be proud of his strengths. But the most important thing it has taught me that the fairy-tale ideal kinda love does exist but for it to prosper, you work on it selflessly every day - Amish
  3. Opens Instagram Sees a picture of a guy with a six-pack abs The bio reads Fitness Influencer/Lifetime Natural Checks posts All ab shots Closes Instagram and feels bad about self. How often have you found yourself doing this? See, going on a diet to get abs is not a bad thing at all. Losing fat generally is healthy for you and putting in the work to get lean is rewarding. But there is a difference between lean and shredded. Let me break it down for you: . Lean and athletic - 8 to 14% body fat . Shredded - Below 8% body fat The problem is that there are these enhanced and drugged bodybuilders who keep posting pictures of themselves looking shredded with rock-hard abs all year round, making you feel bad about yourself, even when you are lean. You are in a constant battle against yourself to stay shredded all year round like them. If you are building a physique without using any drugs for assistance (aka anabolic steroids), here are five reasons why trying to be shredded year round is plain stupid: © Pinterest 1. Your Testosterone Levels Will Take A Hit Dieting to a very low body fat percentage impacts your testosterone levels. Your hormones dip. It will impact your recovery, mood, and sexual health negatively. The reason guys on anabolics do not face this problem is them taking the hormones externally. They inject testosterone in supra-physiological doses on a weekly basis. Natural testosterone levels do not mean shit to them. 2. Constant Hunger Low body-fat means your hunger and satiety hormones are at a whack. Your leptin or satiety hormone is at an all-time low and your ghrelin or hunger hormone is at an all-time high. You are in a constant bad mood and cranky all the time. People around you do not like this side of you as well. 3. Too Restricted You will have to micro-manage every single meal that goes into your body to stay shredded. You will have to count every macro, weigh every food item, completely cut out every delicious food from your diet to be shredded. After a point, this becomes super stressful. You cannot focus on other things in life. You will be food obsessed. 4. Cannot Make Gains To gain muscle, you need to be in a calorie surplus and gain weight slow and steady. You will gain body fat. To be shredded and maintain your abs, you will need to be in a constant caloric deficit or at best, at your maintenance calories. As you see, these are two sides of a coin. You cannot have both. It is one or the other. Again, enhanced guys get bigger taking steroids is the hormones injected externally. © Pinterest 5. Body Image Issues A lot of well-known bodybuilders and fitness models have come out and spoken about this. Once you see your body look a certain way and you always desire to look that way, the obsession takes an ugly turn. A lot of athletes have admitted to being in a state of depression due to this. Attempting to stay shredded all year round is not just harmful to your physical health but also your mental health. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  4. Smartphone makers have been trying really hard to distinguish themselves from the rest and often leave aside practicality. Last year, we witnessed OPPO and Vivo's short stints with sliding camera modules, forceful addition of the notch, and even devices with a display on the back. A prime question that they often forget is, do we really need this? Meizu has decided to take this a notch further with the Meizu Zero. It is the world's first phone with no holes. That's right, the company has stripped everything down and created a near-perfect enclosed phone. To start with, it has no charging port and you'll have to completely rely on wireless charging. Secondly, there's no SIM tray and you'll have to use the built-in eSIM technology to get cellular services. © Meizu Lastly, it doesn't have a headphone jack. We've got used to this removal and while there are many good alternatives available to solve this issue, not having a charging port sounds monstrous. Yes, wireless is definitely the future, but forcefully pushing it forward now isn't rational. In Meizu's defence though, they've managed to equip the phone with 18W wireless charging, which is really fast. This would surpass Apple's 7.5W and Samsung's 9W wireless charging speeds by a huge margin. © Meizu The traditional speakers have also been removed and replaced by Meizu's "mSound 2.0 In-screen Sound Technology" that allows the display to behave as a speaker. The phone also skips the notch or a punch-hole camera. On the front is a 6-inch OLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner and the glass curves towards the edges. It runs on a Snapdragon 845 processor along with LPDDR4X RAM. For the cameras, there's a pair of Sony's IMX380 + IMX350 dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. © Meizu Considering it's a hole-less phone, it gets IP68 water and dust resistance and there are no physical buttons. Meizu is using a haptic feedback system to offer virtual buttons on the side to turn the phone on and off and to adjust the volume. While I've been critical about the use of such a phone, these devices aren't meant to be hot sellers. In fact, the Meizu Zero comes close to a concept phone that depicts how gadgets will evolve over the coming years. The concept is way ahead of its time and just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should do it.
  5. If you're completely relying on a particular ecosystem of products, you'd expect them to have easy connectivity options, at least among each other. While Apple has among the best in-sync mechanisms on the software end using iCloud and AirDrop, the company has some serious issues with hardware. Anand Mahindra, CEO of Mahindra Group, bought himself an iPad Pro and realised a normal iPhone lightning connector no longer works with it. To charge the new tablet, a USB-C connection has been provided and you need to carry a separate connector for the device. This fact annoyed the Indian billionaire and he expressed his disappointment on Twitter. © BCCL In a tweet, Mahindra said that he will have to buy a new charger as well as earphone which will add to the list of accessories he needs to carry while travelling. The business tycoon added that this is why most people are sticking to the existing model of their device. When Apple released the lightning connector in 2012, it was supposed to be the de facto option for devices like mobiles and tablets. Don't get us wrong, USB-C is equally advanced and in many cases even better thanks to compatibility with non-Apple devices. But, Apple has been pushing the new port very selectively, coercing users to carry two cables at a given point, one for the iPhone and one for the iPad. Got a new iPad & found that the lightning connector's been https://t.co/UmJpsLysGo need a new charger which doesn't work with my iPhone&new earphones too.More junk when I travel. Great strategy to boost accessory sales, but not surprised more folks are sticking to existing models — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 18, 2019 If Apple is serious about pushing USB-C in all its devices, it should also upgrade the port on iPhone's. Over the years, Apple has been as frustrating as it is innovative, especially when it comes to changing chargers on its devices. Apple also removed the MagSafe port from the Mac line-up and added a USB-C instead. This led to even more problems for the end user since the laptop completely eliminated USB-A, forcing users to depend on multiple dongles for SD cards, HDMI, and more. © iMore Buying a new cable for an Apple device is also significantly expensive, leaving users with no option but to spend or perish. He also expressed unhappiness over the matter that the accessories like earphone for iPhone is also not compatible with iPad Pro. When Apple removed the headphone jack from iPhones, it provided small lightning to 3.5mm dongle in the box. With the latest iPhones, even the dongle isn't available out of the box. © The Verge The point is, Apple is a premium brand should stop ignoring basic user requirements. While these actions are getting them some more cash in the short term, pissing off buyers is never a good idea in the longer run.
  6. When it comes to ageing gracefully, we often shower praises on our Bollywood superstars who we think look great for their age. However, Chuando Tan, a photographer from Singapore, can give all of them a run for their money. He is 52, but does not look a day over 22! Here are 10 pictures of him - killing it with his fashion as well as his fitness game: 1. He can make a plain white T-shirt look like a runway-ready piece. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Sep 25, 2018 at 4:17am PDT 2. We have no idea what on earth he's eating to maintain that skin, but well-plaid! View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Apr 18, 2018 at 5:09am PDT 3. The over-the-shoulder jacket style should be a staple for everyone. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Jan 24, 2018 at 4:26am PST 4. A fitted, barely-buttoned denim shirt. Fashion, he wrote. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Nov 7, 2017 at 4:08am PST 5. Silk pants? Bring 'em on. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Sep 22, 2018 at 5:07am PDT 6. Beach outfit is 'abs'olutely on point. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:08am PDT 7. The casual game is strong here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on May 21, 2018 at 5:52am PDT 8. To whoever said formals and casuals can't co-exist. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Oct 30, 2017 at 3:39am PDT 9. Pink is, and shall always be 'in'. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Jan 4, 2017 at 6:13am PST 10. And, with those abs, his birthday suit is his most valuable suit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Oct 31, 2017 at 3:38am PDT We're just jealous. Very jealous.
  7. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding became national news last year, and even a glimpse of their wedding photographs sent the entire nation into a frenzy. And now, 2019 seems to have started no differently for the couple, what with Ranveer's mega success making the transition to 2019 utterly memorable for the newly-weds. The pair doesn't seem to be able to stay away from the limelight for long, and lately, they made headlines for coming forward and declaring loud and proud, that neither of them will be changing their surnames post marriage. © Instagram In this case, the newly-wed couple was met with the same fate as any other Indian couple. That is, as soon as two people decide to tie the knot, the raging question that arises is, whether the woman will change her surname post marriage. Deepika shared a similar fate, and ever since her wedding in November last year, gossip columns were populated with artfully written pieces speculating if Deepika Padukone will thenceforth be known as Deepika Padukone Singh, Deepika Padukone Bhavnani or some such other variant. © Instagram But as we have already gathered from an HT report, neither Deepika nor Ranveer have any plans of changing their surnames, much against popular buzz doing the rounds. Calling her own comment in an interview, about Ranveer changing his surname pose marriage, a “candid joke”, Deepika further added that, “It's not true. In fact, after that interview, I realised that it's a conversation Ranveer and I've never even had. So, we haven't been like, 'oh, do you think you should change your surname?'” © Instagram She went on to explain that the question about changing her surname came as a surprise since she and Ranveer had never considered it important enough to discuss it. “It has never crossed either of our minds. When I was asked about it, I was like, 'oh, we haven't even thought about it'. Maybe because it's not important. Also, I've worked extremely hard to create my own identity and so has he. So, my question is, why would he have to do that?”, said the 'Padmaavat' star. At this point, I would prompt you to re-read that last statement by Deepika once more. I would have preferred to highlight that bit with a highlighting pen for you, if it was possible. But you get the point. I simply wish to draw your attention to the keywords here - “not important”, “own identity” and “why”. © Instagram And I have the same question, why is it expected from a woman to change her surname once she becomes someone's legally wedded wife? Also, why is it so that a man is seen as a submissive or less powerful when his wife decides to stick to her maiden name after getting married? Why do we as a society wish to meddle with others' personal choice to change or not change their surnames, so as to just carry forward medieval societal “norms and traditions” that secure patriarchal egos and position? © Instagram Changing the surname is often seen as a symbol equivalent of belonging to a community, family or household. Needless to say, the 9th-century 'Doctrine of Coverture' played a role in altering people's mindset in this regard, since such a practice was unheard of before then. But again, this is the 21st century and surely, we ought to leave behind such malpractices in our past and look at women as an independent, fully-functioning individual who is more than someone's wife, mother and daughter-in-law. © Instagram Why do we want to work ourselves up with this need to maintain that a woman must always “belong” to someone? That she needs to be labelled, which would then act as her marker should she get mixed up/misplaced in a country with a population spilling onto the 2 billion mark? Why do we as a society treat it as our birthright to overlook the identity a woman creates and maintains before she decides to get married and share the same with another human being, who also happens to have a 'unique identity' of his own? This is not to say that women who 'choose' to take on their husband's surname after getting married are bartering their identity, or furthering senseless patriarchal norms. Like anybody else, even they have the right to consciously and freely choose for themselves, regardless of the motivation behind it. So my point is, just like Deepika pointed out in her comments, that all of us, both men and women work very hard all our lives to create our own identities that are attached to our personal achievements and histories. And I believe it is utterly unfair for anyone to expect that a woman or a man should change that identity attached to their names, for any reason whatsoever. What do you guys have to say about this? Let us know in the comments section below!
  8. Ever since the so-called 'special' episode of 'Koffee With Karan' aired last Sunday, the lives of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have turned around for all the wrong reasons. Owing to their misogynist and sexist comments on the show, the two Indian cricketers have already faced a lot of backlash as they await fitting punishment for their actions on national TV. After the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai's recommendation of a two-ODI ban, the duo was charged with misconduct and indiscipline before being suspended from all forms of cricket pending a detailed inquiry into the controversy. The two cricketers were later forced to return home from Australia where the Indian cricket team is currently engrossed with the ODI series. Amid the uproar on social media, Virat Kohli made his stand clear and stated that the comments made by Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are not are not acceptable and the personal opinions are not the view of the India team. "We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated. I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don't align with those views and those are purely individual views," Kohli had said ahead of India's first ODI against the Aussies at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). BCCL Following Kohli's strong stance on the demeanour of the two cricketers, Harbhajan Singh, too, came out all guns blazing against Pandya and Rahul for tarnishing the image of the game and those who play it. even went on to add that he won't be comfortable having Pandya and Rahul around his wife and daughter. "I will not travel with these two guys in the bus if my daughter or my wife are travelling in the team bus with me. How would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle and that is not right," Harbhajan told India Today. The veteran Indian spinner also pointed out that the duo's comments have now put every cricketer's reputation on the line. "We don't talk about all this even with our friends and they were talking on public television. Now people might think was Harbhajan Singh like this, was Anil Kumble like this and was Sachin Tendulkar," Harbhajan added. Instagram/@hardikpandya93 "Pandya has been in the team for how long to talk of the team culture in the manner he did. I think this is the way to go," the 38-year-old said, when asked about the suspension. "The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward. This was expected and I am not surprised," Bhajji said. Following the nation-wide outrage, Pandya and Rahul, in response to the BCCI's showcause notice demanding an explanation from the two cricketers, had regretted their actions and apologised for hurting the sentiments of people. However, the BCCI officials unanimously decided to suspend the Pandya and Rahul while ordering an inquiry into the row.
  9. If you are here, it means you have a woman in your life who means something to you, and you would like to make this upcoming New Year really special for her. Right? Of course, because doesn't a happy girlfriend mean an even happier you? Those two really are directly proportional! So, without beating around the bush too much, allow us to present to you 5 alternative ways of wishing your girlfriend “a very happy New Year” that doesn't involve the boring texts and calls, which certainly show very little of how much your really care. The following 5 alternatives were put together after taking insights from women on how they would like to be wished by their partners on new years, something that would make it really special for them. After much thought and consultations, these are the 5 very popular ways of totally slaying the game this New Year's Eve, and we shall wait for you to come back and thank us later: 1. Paying A Surprise Visit At Midnight © Dharma Productions Whether you live in the same city or have a long distance relationship, trust us that this move will earn you a lot of brownie points if you are able to pull this off well! The surprise, thrill and happiness you'd get to see on her face, will be all worth it. And who knows she might surprise you after, in her own special way. *winks* 2. Ordering/Cooking Her Favourite Food © For Star Studios This was one popular choice among most women. It seems that men might not be the only one whose way to the heart is through good food. Nothing would please the woman in your life better than to have her favourite food as part of the New Year celebrations! And there could be no match to it if you cook it yourself! 3. Getting Your Hands Dirty- No, It's Not What You're Thinking! © Instagram DIY, you guys! Handmade things are an absolute hit with women and they admit that it totally makes their day when they see someone has put in so much love and effort into a gift. It can be something very small or big, just as long as you know it's something she'd like to keep. It's the thought that counts, mate! 4. Scavenger Hunt That Leads To A Midnight Kiss © UTV Motion Pictures Well, this was something fresh, and we couldn't get over all the possibilities this held. So here goes. It appears that women really fancy mystery and excitement, so what better way to fulfill both of these for your girl, than with a scavenger hunt that ends with a kiss at midnight? 5. BAR CRAWL! © Kunal kohli Productions Yes! Many women we asked were all for a bar crawl, and honestly, we know how much fun that can be. Well, with a company like that, can you really complain? It would be a perfect way to kick start the New Year for you both, we feel.
  10. 2018 has been Vicky Kaushal's year. The way the lad spiralled into the collective consciousness of everyone - right from the audience to the, well, women of the country, 'commendable' seems to be an understatement as an adjective. We are all looking forward to his next venture, 'Uri', the promotions for which he has been aggressively involved in. We have always loved his outfits, and it was expected that he would be wearing 'tough' clothes, for adhering to the theme of the movie. However, his latest appearance proved that 'tough' can be colourful, fun, and fashionable. Look at his footwear. © Instagram/amandeepkaur87 Usually, men's boots tend to be rather dull - having only brown, black, or olive as their colour. However, Vicky wore a pair from Woodland that is blue, and has a delightful red sole, along with red detailing. Plus, those extra-long beige shoelaces are adding to the overall playfulness of the pair. If that doesn't burst the bubble that tough boots are boring, we don't know what else can. © Instagram/vickykaushal09 We are in love with the casual layered outfit Vicky is sporting. The maroon shirt from Pero along with the Tommy Hilfiger Denim jacket gives him a super urban street edge, something that complements his height wonderfully. © Instagram/amandeepkaur87 All we can say is we can't wait to see him experiment more with his outfits, as he clearly can pull off anything.
  11. Fitness has become an in-trend profession nowadays, with every other kid in the street claiming to be a fitness expert. With fake YouTube subscribers, purchasable Instagram followers, and photoshop skills, a lot of these pseudo-experts easily get you trapped in their marketing gimmicks and steal your money. Taking away your money is one thing but harming your health is another. And when it comes to fitness, following wrong advice can easily land you in trouble related to your health. So here are some telltale signs that the fitness experts or gurus you are following maybe shit. 1. They Say Calories Do Not Count And It Is Old Science First things first, the rule of calories is derived from the laws of thermodynamics. There is a reason they are called laws and not the mythology of thermodynamics. It is the law, it holds universal truth. And there are enough and adequate studies and case studies that show that calorie restriction or energy balance is the primary component of weight loss. © Thinkstock 2. They Say Things Like Carbs Are Poison Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for the human body and though they may not be essential for survival, they do play a major role when it comes to performance. Saying things like they are poison and are killing you is outright retarded and stupid. This claim goes against the basic understanding of human metabolism. 3. They Are On Drugs And All Their Clients Are On Drugs When you do anabolic steroids, things become different. As a study had shown that the subjects who took steroids made 2x the gains without any training compared to a group who trained regularly for 10 weeks. So by injecting drugs into your body and building muscle do not have anything in relation with the knowledge you may have. There is actually a good chance that it will dumb you down as you will make progress irrespective of all the shit you do. Claiming you are an expert because you took a shortcut to grow muscle is like taking care of a sick person at home and saying that you are now a doctor. 4. They Make Bold Claims Without Backing It Up With Evidence A lot of these fake gurus at times make claims based on anecdotal evidence. Saying that so-and-so exists because I have experimented with on my clients and seen results are purely anecdotal. Especially if evidence suggests otherwise! For example, a fitness guru saying cut out carbs because it is making you fat. I cut out carbs from all my client's diets and they lost weight. The matter of the fact is that the clients lost weight because you cut out a food group altogether resulting in a caloric restriction. And there is evidence and studies done on weight-loss subjects that when calories and protein are matched, higher and lower carb diets provide similar weight loss results. Higher carb diets slightly outperforming the lower carb diets. But then if this 'guru' says that it is old science, maybe not a guru after all. © Unsplash 5. They Claim That They Know Some Secrets About Fat Loss Or Muscle Gain OH, COME ON! This is physiology and there are no secrets per se. They may have a secret. A secret concoction of drugs that they may be prescribing to their clients! But saying that their secrets go beyond science and are hidden gems is a pile of bullshit. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  12. There is a famous training approach that all the gym trainers and desi gym gurujis have been married to since the dawn of time. It is the classic 'One body part a day' training approach aka the bro-split. Whenever a novice joins the gym with the goal to lose fat and get lean, they are often made to train this way by the desi gym trainers. © Pixabay Their training split looks like this: Monday - Chest Tuesday - Shoulder Wednesday - Back Thursday - Arms Friday - Legs Weekend - Off Reason? Pro bodybuilders train that way. Yeah, makes no sense at all. Now, if your goal is fat loss, the main thing that drives it is a caloric deficit. How do you create a caloric deficit, you ask? By eating lesser calories and by burning maximum calories possible. To understand the eating part, about what really matters, read this article.Think about it for a minute now, which exercise would help you burn more calories? Three sets of bicep curls or three sets of squats? Obviously, three sets of squats. And as you get leaner, those arms that you have been working on for a session straight will anyway show up. Better use them as accessory work than dedicating an entire session to it. If you want to burn more calories in the gym after reading this article, and if you are a beginner, you can follow this sample workout: © Pixabay Session A Leg Press - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Barbell Rows - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Machine Chest Press - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Lat Pulldowns - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Machine Overhead Press - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Triceps - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Biceps - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Session B Squats - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Seated Rows - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Decline Chest Press - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Reverse-Grip Lat Pulldowns - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Incline Dumbbell Press - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Calves - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Abs - 3 sets of 8 to 12 Your training split will effectively look like this: Monday - Session A Wednesday - Session B Friday - Session A Monday - Session B With this, not only you would be not going to the gym and wasting your time dedicating an hour of arm training, you will be able to do some other activity as well of your choice and enjoy training in general. And obviously, burn more calories. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  13. What's funny is the fact that there are some people who don't care about being the best in their lives. They are more interested in emulating others to an extent, that they even get a hairstyle like their favourite celebrity. A similar craze is also about having a chiselled face like one's favourite celebrity. With this piece, I aim to burst the bubble of 'face fat reducing exercises and diet plans'. The ones to directly blame for spreading this myth are our very own and very well known fitness YouTubers. I refrain from name calling but if you are into fitness, you will know who I am referring to. YouTube is full of stupid videos about exercises and diet plans for facial fat reduction. © YouTube © YouTube © YouTube Except for one simple fact- They all are stupid and are simply lying! There is no exercise, yoga or in general, which will ever do anything directly to your facial fat. Same is the case with any diet or supplement. Let's understand how stupid people make you more stupid: - Time and again, I have been harping on the fact that there is nothing called spot reduction. When you lose fat, you do that from the entire body. There are certain areas which are genetically defined in men and women, which store more fat than others. These are called 'problem areas'. It's not that you don't lose fat from these areas, but simply the effects are slower to come by. That's why it takes time and effort to achieve your dream physique. - There is no exercise in the world or diet which makes you reduce fat from any particular area in general. Anyone telling you that 'x' supplement or exercise will help in doing spot reduction, sorry, they are stupid. - Most importantly, above everything are your genetics. You are born with a body structure, a height and a skeletal frame. You can't change that. It's going to be best in its own self. - Stop looking at celebrities for almost anything in life. There are very few who are really worth that. Celebrities are in a business of looking good. When you look at a celebrity with a thin face and defined jawline, there are multiple factors responsible for this. Many of them are on extreme fad diets, anabolic steroids and diuretics, to lose excess water and fat from the body temporarily. - Recommendations like 'cut back on your salt', 'increase cardio', 'perform yoga for the face', 'cut on carbs', are nothing more than general recommendations, and most of them are complete fads. Nothing will target any area directly. - No supplements, diuretics or laxatives will do anything to your face fat directly. - Chewing more gum than usual does nothing to your face or jaw. Full stop. Chewing gum excessively is harmful to your temporomandibular joint. You Want The Secret To Lose Face Fat? Here It Is © YouTube There is no secret. Lose fat from the entire body and your face will automatically reduce as well. You cannot separate any part and make it leaner. Your body works as a whole, not in parts. Trust me, people become so mindless and senseless, that if you tell them there is something called as a 'slap therapy' wherein they need to slap themselves, in isolation, in a closed room, at 2330 hrs, every night, for 20 days, they would DO IT! Please move on from these fads and don't believe what you see on YouTube. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  14. In a historic move today, Uttar Pradesh Minister Sidharth Nath Singh announced that Allahabad has now been renamed to Prayagraj. The move was in a pendulum state for a while, ever since CM Yogi Adityanath had announced that the name change was being contemplated. The move was welcomed and placed ahead of the beginning of the ' Kumbh Mela '. Social media obviously has a lot of opinions around the decision. It should have been 'Prayaaga' not #Prayagraj. But i'll still clap for @myogiadityanath for doing it. I don't care if its officially 'Prayagraj'. I am going to call it Prayaaga. Names like 'Allahabad', 'Bakhtiyarpur' reek of blood on the Islamic sword that swung for centuries. — Srinivas Duvvuri (@s_duvvuri) October 16, 2018 Prayag is the erstwhile name of Allahabad that was changed by Akbar after he implemented a religion called "Deen E Ilaahi". Logically it is fair to rename this place based on its history. The hue and cry of some people make no sense. — Rapunzel (@WaggishNushki) October 16, 2018 If Madras cn bcm Chennai, Bombay can bcm Mumbai,Victoria terminus can bcm CST, Why can't Allahabad bcm Prayagraj? Prayag is the original name of the city since vedic times,Why nobody questioned whn Calcutta was renamed to Kolkata although ppl wr dying of starvation n riots in WB? — Nisha (@niissh) October 15, 2018 While the move has been welcomed by a lot of people, some people on social media feel that the attention meant for this change could have utilised for making other crucial changes in the country and the state. #Prayagraj Allahabad is all i will continue to call..... Focus on real issues. Suck gimmicks wont work — PrimeMinister(India) (@HaveAGud_tym) October 16, 2018 Exactly I still call Madras, Bangalore, Calcutta, Bombay, Mohali and Now it will always be Allahabad no matter what these governments only are trying to appease their vote bank nothing else — Punjabi Rooh (@PunjabiRooh) October 16, 2018 And then, there are some who find humour in everything. can I changed my name to Neeta Ambani? will that make me a billionare ? #Prayagraj — Main Hoon Na (@neo_pac) October 16, 2018 Modi Ji : Rupee is falling continuously, what should we do to fix it? Yogi : Rupee Ka naam badal kar Kuwaiti Dinar rakh do#Prayagraj — Siona Gogoi (@AtomicBlow) October 15, 2018 Well, who knew that when Shakespeare said 'what's in a name'?, little did he know that centuries later, a name could divide people like this. We agree, it will take a while for anyone and everyone to adjust to this name change, but can the Government now focus on more crucial issues at hand as well?
  15. We've all heard this statement- 'Don't eat near bed time or you will gain weight'. Another common advice is,' if you want to lose weight or maintain a lean weight, don't consume carbohydrates after 6:00p.m. The world wants you to believe that eating at night is actually bad for you and you should avoid eating anything past sunset. But what if I told you that it is perfectly okay to consume food during the night or any other time of the day without worrying about weight gain? Yes, that's absolutely true. Let me prove this to you with logic and science. Where Did This Myth Come From? © Pixabay The proponents of this belief believe that when you go against the circadian rhythm of your body, you tend to gain weight. According to them, normal circadian rhythm of human body tells you to eat during the day and rest during the night. Several animal studies have indeed established the fact that when subjects in studies eat opposite to their circadian rhythms, they gain significantly more weight than subjects who eat as per the circadian rhythms. However, it is important to note that these studies were conducted on mice and not humans. Human Researches Are Mixed A few human studies that were conducted to find out the result of eating at night showed no difference in weight. These studies indicated that it is not actually the time that's important but its how much and what you eat that matters. However, a few studies did establish that people who eat late at night tend to consume more calories than people who do not eat late at night. This may lead to weight gain with people who end up consuming more overall calories. Thus, it is not the timing that is responsible for weight gain, but it is the total number of calories that people end up consuming when they eat at night. Food Choices At Night Are Generally Not Healthier The only problem with eating late at night is that food choices at that time aren't really healthy. Late night eating generally comprises junk foods like chips, sugar coated biscuits, colas, pizza, etc, which are loaded with extra calories. This is the reason why people who eat late end up consuming more total number of calories. Weight gain happens only when your total calorie intake exceeds your body's calorie requirements for a certain period of time. Now this habit of eating junk food at night which is calorie dense and makes you consume more number of total calories is what is responsible for people to gain weight. © Pixabay The Solution The Solution to eating at night and avoiding the unnecessary weight gain is actually to monitor what you eat and how much you eat. If you can control the type of food choice and its portion size, there is absolutely no problem in eating late at night. For this, fill in your kitchen and fridge with healthy and low calorie foods so that when you crave for food at night, you do not have a handy choice for binge-eating junk. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  16. There is a popular opinion that does rounds in the misinformed section of the fitness community regarding walking. Some even go to the extent of creating stupid videos for some hits and likes on these misinformed topics that make claims like 'walking will not help you lose weight', 'walking is just an activity and does nothing as your body easily adapts to it', so on and so forth. © Pixabay True, walking does not help you lose weight. In fact, any particular exercise does not make you lose weight. To oversimplify it, what makes you lose weight? Eating less and moving more helps you lose weight. Create a caloric deficit, follow it, you will lose weight. Add protein and weight training to the mix if you want to be muscular and look good naked after losing the weight. Now let's see how walking can be a super beneficial thing to do to lose weight and how it changes the game completely. Caloric deficit = Energy expenditure > Energy intake Energy intake is the food that you eat and Energy expenditure can be broken down into four components: 1. RMR - Resting metabolic rate 2. TEF - Thermic Effect of Feeding 3. TEA - Thermic Effect of Activity 4. NEAT - Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis RMR is related to your bodyweight, TEF to the amount of food you are eating, TEA to your exercise schedule. All of these are variables you understand and have certain control over. The NEAT is where things become tricky. NEAT or the non-exercise activity thermogenesis stands for all the subconscious activity that you do during the day that is not considered as exercise. © Pixabay Due to the sedentary lifestyle and the office jobs most people have these days, they are sitting on a desk for 8 to 12+ hours in a day. Even though they might be working out hard in the gym and considering themselves active, the 40 to 50% of the day spent on a desk still makes them sedentary. For this very reason, your NEAT can vary anywhere between 15 to 50% of your RMR. Let's say your RMR is 1500 kcals, your NEAT could be anywhere between 250 to 750 kcals per day. Another thing that has been documented by studies is that your NEAT increases with overfeeding and decreases with underfeeding or when trying to lose weight. As you can see, this reduction in NEAT can reduce your energy expenditure anywhere between 250 kcals to 750 kcals in the above example. This is a significant number and can reduce your weight loss to absolute nil and make you think that your metabolism is damaged. How Do You Counter This? By consciously increasing your sub-conscious activity! Insert the superhero of activity here that is walking. You can simply push your NEAT up by keeping a count on the number of steps you are taking per day and slowly pushing it up. You can buy a lower-priced step counting wearable or simply install an app to count your steps for the day. Walking also makes to the top of the list as it is not physically straining and does not hamper your recovery in any way. You can listen to a podcast, connect with a long lost friend or simply take a family member with you and have a conversation with them. So to those coaches who think walking is useless, you need to educate yourselves a bit better and those who are struggling to lose weight and thinking their metabolism is broken, it is not. Just push up your NEAT. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and join his FREE Facebook Fitness group.
  17. Xiaomi announced a range of new smart devices for Indian homes and we've been testing one of those gadgets for over a week. It's the affordable 360 degree 1080p security camera that basically looks like 'EVA' from 'Wall-E'. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to security, traditionally people tend to buy the most expensive setup out there, because not many people want to take a chance with an affordable solution. Having said that, the Mi Home Security Camera is here to change everyone's mind. It's equipped with a 360-degree wide-angle lens and one can move it up and down to 45 degrees. The security camera can capture 1080P video, has intelligent motion detection, infrared night vision and has a two-way talk feature. Basically, this smart security camera can do more than anything being offered in India at an affordable price. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Setting up the Mi Home Security Camera 360° was probably easier than setting up a new smartphone. You first start by plugging in the security and you get prompted by a voice stating “Waiting to connect” or something like that. You need to download the 'Mi Home' app if you haven't already. Make sure the 'Mi Home' app's region is set to “India (Asia Server)” otherwise you will not be able to pair the security camera. Once the app detects the security camera, it will use Bluetooth and your Wi-Fi network to set it up. The entire process probably takes around three minutes. How It Works © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Once your security camera is added to the 'Mi Home' app, you can open the camera from the hub. It will automatically show you live footage from the room the camera is placed in. You can even notice the bit rate of the stream at the top. You can pause/play, change resolution, mute/unmute right from the application. You can even change the orientation of the camera from the app when you're not home and want to see something in the corner. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The motion detection on the security camera is top notch and you can even program the camera to send a notification to your smartphone each time it detects motion. Likewise, you can even set up the camera to start recording a video or take pictures when it detects motion. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Mi App will even show you the entire history of each movement detected in the room. The security camera has a microSD slot where it can store all the files for you to view. The security camera is able to store footage for up to a week which you can save on your smartphone if you ever need to access it. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You can even store footage on a NAS drive if you happen to have one at your home. It would have been cool to see some support for cloud storage and it would be awesome to store videos and images on Mi Cloud or any third party service. You can have the security camera record for 24 hours at a certain time, or have it record only when it detects motion. You can even make a voice call to the security camera if someone is there in your room. It's a great feature to scare away people who are snooping in your room. I used it to scare my dogs when I was away and it definitely made them howl. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Infrared night recording also works like a charm, as one can see everything clearly even in a pitch dark room. Everything is clear as daylight and the cool thing is that the security camera automatically switches to infrared mode, as soon as you switch off all the lights. The Final Say © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Mi Home Security Camera is probably our favourite device from the range of devices Xiaomi has launched recently. It should be priced way higher for all the things it does, but it only costs Rs 2,699. If you already have other Xiaomi smart home products, you can even create scenes within the Mi Home app for it to create your own smart home scenario. The Mi Security Camera 360° is a total winner in every aspect and is a must buy for every Indian homeowner.
  18. CrossFit could be easily compared to the Kiki challenge. Many people are doing it as it is popular and getting injured pointlessly. CrossFit boxes (that is what they call a gym) are opening around every nook and corner of a street and people are running to buy memberships as bees sticking to honey. The question is: is CrossFit worth the hype? There definitely would be people who would come and wholeheartedly pledge their allegiance to the sport and protect it like a religion, but the question still needs to be addressed. © Pixabay Yes, there are a few positives like community support and pushing each other are commendable about this sport but do they do enough to overcome the negatives associated with them? The reason I am being so critically vocal of CrossFit is that there are so many negatives. 1. High Risk Of Injury The goal of any sport-specific training would be to avoid an injury as much as possible. An injury means non-improvement for an athlete. On the other hand, in CrossFit, injuries are considered to be proud of. Just last year, the CrossFit nationals in the USA had over 24 pec tears. Those are surgery level injuries and not the usual sprains or strains. Even high-level combat sports do not see these extents of injuries at the top level. 2. Stupid High Volumes Olympic and compound lifts are usually done with a very low volume as they are highly technique-driven. In the Olympics or Powerlifting meets, you'd see athletes attempt 1RMs. During the training of these lifts as well, they are not trained with very high volumes and with sufficient rest between sets. Talk about CrossFit, these exercises are programmed to do for sets of 30 or 40. Most of the time, without any consideration for form or technique as the WOD, needs to be timed after all. 3. Individualization Is Lost The group culture and class structure are amazing but the specificity or individualization part of exercise programming is lost like a kid in outer space. A kid in space. That does not exist, right? Well, exactly my point. Beginner, intermediate, advanced, previous injury, whatever category you are in, you have to do the WOD. One plan fits all. 4. Pain Is Celebrated The goal of any exercise routine is increased performance, strength, endurance, skill, etc; not pain or being hurt. In CrossFit, it is the other way round. Due to unplanned and hard workouts most of the times, the athletes or enthusiasts are often sore, tired, and exhausted. While they celebrate this fact, it simply is defeating the purpose of an exercise routine in the first place. © Pixabay 5. Puke Walls, Seriously? Most of these CrossFit boxes have a 'Puke Wall of Fame'. Ridiculous, right! You write your name and puke there after a tough workout. This happens almost to everyone initially. The classic no pain no gain or rather no puke no stupid here. A supposed 'sport' where pukes and pain are celebrated and injuries are worn as a badge of honor? No thank you! Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  19. Call it an accident, a technical error or someone's mistake, but social media has been abuzz since this evening, thanks to Ajay Devgn...and his social media team (if there is one). If you follow Ajay Devgn on Twitter, you will know what we're are talking about. In a tweet that has left social media scratching their heads in utter confusion, Ajay Devgn shared his wife Kajol's number. He wrote, "Kajol not in country ..co-ordinate with her on WhatsApp." Twitter Our curious minds didn't allow us to ignore this tweet just like that. So, we first checked her number on Truecaller and according to the app, the number does indeed belong to Kajol. Screenshot We then called on the number and it went into a forward mode and then a pre-recorded voice played which sounded similar to Kajol's. We even checked her WhatsApp profile. By this point, we were kind of convinced that it might be her actual number and so was Twitter. People even texted her on WhatsApp to check if it was her real number. Instagram What followed next were hilarious jokes and memes on Ajay Devgn: Waiting for her reply sir pic.twitter.com/iT94zfAouc — babu bisleri (@PUNchayatiii) September 24, 2018 Someone even tried to defend his move... We all know it was inadvertently tweeted.. why ppl like you start troubling others like this? This is what is wrong with us. Shame on u — ð®ð³YK ð®ð³ (@yktalks) September 24, 2018 But we guess a troll's got to do what a troll's got to do, right? I'm just taking my revenge. I paid 250 for Dilwale. — babu bisleri (@PUNchayatiii) September 24, 2018 Sir gutkha kam khaya karo, dimag control mei nahi rehta — Chacha Lame Monk (@oldschoolmonk) September 24, 2018 Akele Vimal ye Kam nhi Ker Sakta..bagpiper sath Mila dia — vivek singh (@vivek123singh) September 24, 2018 Indians right now. pic.twitter.com/uRTy5RA1fK — Aditiið (@Sassy_Soul_) September 24, 2018 Thanks a lot. Let me add her to my family whatsapp group. My parents are big fans. — Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) September 24, 2018 done sir pic.twitter.com/hgRDXhUnRO — 㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠ã¤ã¤ 㤠㤠㤠(@firkiii) September 24, 2018 Aaj Vimal Jyada Ho Gya Kya?ð pic.twitter.com/cmctgLHC5y — ð Sandeep Pathakð (@PathakAKHolic) September 24, 2018 ððð pic.twitter.com/MRxDl1YPvQ — Altaf khan (@altaf__143) September 24, 2018 lol pic.twitter.com/2c9Kc3uFE9 — phukdi. (@thephukdi) September 24, 2018 Do yourself a favour and check @ajaydevgn's twitter now! pic.twitter.com/D4C8liM0ui — East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) September 24, 2018 Kajol: These are my bank details. CA ko bhej dena Ajay: Haan abhi tweet karta hoon — P.R. (@pr_akash_raj) September 24, 2018 Some people felt that his account might have been hacked, since neither Ajay nor his team replied to it. However, Ajay Devgn later tweeted saying that it was a prank. Pranks on film set are so passé… so tried pulling one on you guys here.. ð ð @KajolAtUN https://t.co/SpQzsfhlAB — Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) September 24, 2018 But we all know who got trolled though!
  20. This year has been very interesting for Vivo, as they've not only gained market share in focus countries like India, but have also released new products that stand apart. The Vivo NEX brought in a sliding camera setup, which abolished the need for a notch. While this implementation is still questionable and can be judged only over a longer period of time, it undoubtedly is interesting. The next-in-line is the in-display fingerprint scanner. Vivo showed off the X21 in May, the first phone in India to have the technology. Back then, the phone was powered by a midrange chipset, but priced quite high. In fact, it went up directly against the OnePlus 6. Now after a few months, the company has launched the Vivo V11 Pro, which is basically the same as the X21 but priced a lot cheaper. The first thing you'll notice is obviously, the in-display fingerprint scanner. With the V11 Pro, Vivo has managed to bring a new and striking feature to the midrange, and things are even more interesting, because Xiaomi's POCO F1 has been on a roll. In the same segment, we also have the OPPO F9 Pro and the evergreen Nokia 7 Plus. Is Vivo able to make a mark with the Vivo V11 Pro? Is the in-display fingerprint scanner worth the hype? Can the phone stand against the POCO F1? Let's find out. 1. Design & Hardware: © MensXP The first thing you'll notice is the body, which is built of polycarbonate. But the back has a slight gradient that Vivo likes to call the Starry Night. It has an adequate shine to it, but the premium feel that you get from metal is missing. We've all come to expect phones in this range to have a metal build now, but this has been the primary area where Vivo has cut corners. The phone isn't slippery and looks stunning from the front. The screen has a high screen-to-body ratio of 91.27 per cent, the chins are small, and the notch is redesigned. Similar to the OPPO F9 Pro, the V11 Pro has a water-droplet style notch that houses the front camera only. The earpiece is located above the display and the infrared scanner is on the right side. The phone has a 6.4-inch Full View AMOLED display and it's among the best panels we've seen in this range. It is very bright, the colours are slightly oversaturated by default, and the viewing angles are perfect. The saturation and temperature of the display can be changed from the settings menu. © MensXP The bottom of the phone has a speaker grill on the left, the micro-USB charging port in the centre and the audio jack on right. On the back, the Vivo branding is located in the centre while the vertical dual camera setup will always remind you of the iPhone X. The power button is located at a convenient height, you won't have to stretch your fingers. Coming to the in-display fingerprint scanner, it is definitely a lot more improved than the X21's, and the most common question everyone has asked is, "Is it usable in day-to-day usage?" Yes, it is. The scanner is sufficiently fast and accurate. You do need to place your finger a little more firmly, but other than that, there is no difference. The software is well optimised and thought off to make full use of the scanner, even if you lift your phone, the AMOLED display will show you the scanner circle with futuristic animations. I've hardly had to actually use the power button to unlock the phone. © MensXP The phone also comes with Face Unlock support that works in the dark as well, thanks to an infrared sensor. The authentication is fast and rarely fails to recognise me. The SIM tray is located on the left side while the power button and the volume rockers are on the right. Even the case that Vivo has shipped with the phone is of good quality and feels solid in hand. 2. Performance: © MensXP The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor along with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, there are no other memory configurations. The storage can be expanded to 256GB via a microSD card. In a nutshell, the phone is fast and smooth. I've rarely encountered any lags or stutters, but the UI does feel dated. We'll talk more on that in the software section. Games like PUBG were a little disappointing though, even at medium settings it encountered a lot of stutters and felt like the phone is struggling throughout the game. Also, even though a high screen-to-body ratio is good for looks, it becomes a major problem while gaming, you just don't have enough place to hold the phone firmly. © MensXP Except for games, everything else runs smooth. Even when I'm shifting through multiple apps like Outlook, WhatsApp, multiple tabs on Chrome, and Google Drive, the phone would go on without a glitch. The phone is backed by a 3400mAh battery, and it is more than sufficient to get you through one full day of heavy usage. The one thing I loved about the phone is its standby time, it hardly takes up any power even when you have 4G / WiFi connected full time. Thanks to the AMOLED panel, even the display isn't very hungry. The battery supports Vivo's new dual-engine fast charging, I could get it from 5 per cent to 96 per cent within 1 hour 40 minutes. 3. Software: © MensXP While everything about the phone is well above average, Vivo desperately needs to update its FunTouch OS UI. Since the Vivo V5 Plus, I haven't noticed any difference. Obviously, it has been heavily inspired by iOS, and sadly Vivo is stuck at iOS 10 while the world has moved on to iOS 12. The UX feels very old especially when you use gesture navigation. It is outright visible that the company has added the gestures on top of the previous UI, making it cumbersome. The two modules just don't feel well integrated. The animations often feel slow, and the gesture to open recently used apps is terribly slow. I won't be too hard on the software because it is something that can be fixed with an update, and I hope Vivo takes into consideration. Now that I've established that the UI is old, it does bring in a host of added nifty functionality like support for dual-apps and deeper customization. The phone comes with Vivo's version of an email, calendar, and a few other utility apps. The phone also comes with some bloatware like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. 4. Camera: © MensXP The V11 Pro has a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor on the back, the same ones we've seen on the X21. The pictures are very detailed and sharp during the daytime and there is hardly a shutter lag. Dynamic range is decent and the portrait mode is spot-on in detecting the depth, it also comes with some added customization options in the camera app. The colour reproduction is very accurate. During macros, the subject is sharp and the background is perfectly creamy. In low-light, the setup performs surprisingly well, but there is a slight shutter lag, but if you have a steady hand, the output is superior. The noise levels are low and currently exposed. © MensXP The front has a 25-megapixel single sensor that is very sharp and detailed. The portrait mode also works perfectly and the detection of hair and headgear is properly processed and it also has a few extra filters like natural light, studio light, and rainbow light. We can also put in a monochrome background. The Camera app is again heavily inspired by Apple but comes in with a tonne more functionality. There is obviously a pro mode available along with Vivo's signature beautification modes, that have a very deep level of customization. You can change your skin tone, as well as the size of your nose. The camera can be also triggered via voice commands or palm gesture. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP The Final Say © MensXP Overall, I'd recommend this phone to everyone. When compared against the POCO F1, the V11 Pro misses out only on the top of the line performance. The camera is superior, has all the trendy features, and the in-display fingerprint scanner is a good cherry on the top. The POCO F1 is for those who need raw performance on the go, the Vivo V11 Pro is suited for a more casual user base. If you like iOS, you'll feel right at home, along with the added openness of the Android ecosystem.
  21. Looking at a well-built physique and thinking that the person is knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition is a wrong assumption. It's common for trainers with the biggest muscles to have the most numbers of clients on the floor. In the same way, people tend to listen to that fit Instagram model more than a person who might be 10 times more knowledgeable just because the Insta model is ripped (or Photoshop-ripped) 365 days a year. And this is wrong on so many levels! © YouTube Now, don't get me wrong here. Want to build bigger arms? Find the guy with the biggest arms in the gym and replicate his every trick, right? Nope, wrong! That's because you would be ignoring numerous factors that come into play here. From genetics, to training age, to nutrition, to exogenous assistance, the list here is endless. This is almost foolish to think that the random advice given by that buff dude in the gym is Holy Grail. © Pixabay It is true that dream physiques are the result of years or sometimes even decades of hard work, dedication, patience and consistency in the gym. But many of these so called 'natties' that you see in gyms or on the covers of fitness magazines are actually very, very gifted when it comes to genetics. Also in almost 99% of the cases, they are on steroids. And being enhanced means that no matter which technique they use, they will make progress and keep growing or keep getting shredded, which of course a natural guy like you won't. Confused? Think about it, tomorrow just because a bodybuilder claims that he developed huge arms by doing 1000 reps and eating frog legs, would you start doing the same? Just because a fit looking person says something and (tries to) sound knowledgeable and technical about fitness and nutrition, does not make it true automatically. In other words, someone who looks good does not necessarily have to be an expert in the field of training and nutrition. On the other hand, someone who is not the most ripped or the buffest dude can know a lot more about the art and science of training. Case in point is that of knowledgeable writers/speakers who often get criticized for not being big enough or ripped enough. All a good coach or trainer needs is to know things about fitness that you don't; stuff that was learned in class, through books, through personal experience, or by innovative genius. That person also needs to be passionate about teaching weight training or fitness and has academic qualifications which shows that the person has put in time and effort in learning the art and science of training and nutrition. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. Nav is an avid bodybuilding enthusiast and heads the NABBA (National amateur bodybuilders association) as a General Secretary. This innate passion and position has helped him work with a lot of bodybuilders to help them take their physique at the next level. He also has a lovely pet called Buster whom he enjoys playing with in his free time. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness to take your fitness and physique to the next level.
  22. If you've ever seen Uday Chopra's tweets, I think it's safe to assume your first reaction was – "what is this guy smoking (and where can I get some)?" I don't want to sound so presumptuous and say "oh, this guy is definitely doing drugs" but how else can you explain this? If I have a son I will name him Hashtag. Hashtag Chopra, I like the sound of it or just #Chopra — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) November 15, 2014 And this I have figured out why people aren't happy. It's cause they're sad. — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) December 28, 2014 And this 10 is the most amazing color… — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) December 29, 2014 And lastly, THIS When I was a kid I thought that I had to marry someone with my own surname. I thought that was the law. I never knew that women changed their surnames. I was constantly on the lookout for Chopra girls — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) May 6, 2018 But, something really different has finally happened on his Twitter account. Yesterday, he posted a tweet where it seemed that he was as sober as he could be, when he wrote it. Take my word on it, that's really a rare find. But ironically, the tweet was actually about marijuana. Who would've thought, right? I feel India should legalize marijuana. Firstly, It's part of our culture. Secondly, I think if legalized and taxed it can be a huge revenue source. Not to mention it will remove the criminal element associated with it. Plus and most importantly it has a lot of medical benefits! — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018 He immediately followed it up with a clarification, though. And no I do not use it. I just really think it's a wise move, given our history with the plant. — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018 It's kinda hard to believe he doesn't use it, but I'm not here to throw accusations, I'm just here to subtly hint at it. Whatever the case may be, I fully support Uday on everything. After all, he's my favourite meme account/shitpost generator on Twitter. He also replied to a bunch of people and actually gave very informative answers. Well in Holi, Bhaang (which is similar to marijuana) has been used for centuries. Also during Mahashivratri many sadhus smoke it in emulation of Shiva. Guess more religion than culture but the two are kind of inter related. — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018 He raised some good points. So your argument is that don't make it legal cause everyone will be stoned. Wonder why that same reasoning didn't stop people from legalizing alcohol #Flawed — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018 The benefits are too many to list. A brief google search will educate you I'm sure. Anyway it's better than being schooled by people like me who have no work. — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018 Just to give you some perspective...coffee is also a drug! — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) September 13, 2018 Some people tried to troll him, obviously. pic.twitter.com/4vgsaL088m — Bhrustrated® Activist (@AnupamUncl) September 13, 2018 pic.twitter.com/avHw20RRRz — SAN SEERVI (@sandeep_seervi) September 13, 2018
  23. They say the best moments in life are caught within candid frames and we especially agree to it when it comes to catching our furry friends in action. If you have a pet at home or well for that matter, even if you don't have one of your own but you have met or seen one of your homie's ball of fluff, you would know how creatively funny these guys can be when they are left on their own. We have adored them at their best and clicked them at their funniest, which has only led to opening the gates of a laugh riot at family gatherings or better still, ended up as memes on your Whatsapp groups or social media handles. We know what a stellar and hilarious combination that can be and we thought what could be a better way of going through a Tuesday than with a quick break filled with funny pet memes that can help you whizz through the rest of the day in in a lighter mood. Well then, here goes nothin'. 1. *Rolls Eyes* © Imgur Tell us you haven't seen a similar expression on a gazillion other humans? Well, you can't because you have been witness to it as much as we have been. But when a dog pulls it off and that gets coupled with such an apt subtitle, I can almost hear a few girls doing that and we can't not ROFL over it. 2. Guilty As Charged © Imgur Well, that's not far from truth, you know? A lot of us are guilty of having tried the trick at least once at some point or the other and we can only imagine why this rant goes so perfectly with the expression. However, we can also think of a few other occasions when we'd get 'blessed' with this expression. Can you guys think of any? 3. You've Got The Pun © Imgur If you've got a knack for puns, this meme could be your spirit animal come to life in the digital space. For those who might not have got the joke, animal testing here means holds tests for animals to clear like the one that cat's attempting in the picture. Punny, right? 4. Down With The Dumb © Imgur That would be most of us on terribly hungover mornings when the brain just refuses to put 2+2 together! We've been there so we know the pain in the arse this situation can be and God forbid if that happens to be on a Monday. Wouldn't be the most ideal way to start the week, eh? 5. Erm...I Didn't Mean To Wake You © Imgur All the cat-men and cat-ladies reading this, tell us which criminal acts can bring you the death stare like this one from a cat? We simply can't imagine there to be a crime much worse than waking up a cat from its never-ending nap. On second thoughts, trying to dispose off an empty box of their liking could second that. 6. Not Friends With Water © Imgur This one can be true for dogs and cats alike, though even a few special homo sapiens might be guilty of not being on good terms with water. We know the struggle it is to get most of them to take a bath and clean their fluff but what's funny is we're way too familiar with this look after. 7. Ball Of Yarn? No! RIBBONS? YAS! © Imgur We know what a ball of yarn can do to even the most docile feline but apparently ribbons have the same effect of them. Who knew! But nonetheless that's good to know since now we won't have to go about unwinding all the havoc they whip up with a ball of yarn. 8. Poker Face © Imgur Well, nothing else could explain what a cat is doing at this table except of course that it was trying out its luck on last time before giving up, right? Something about this meme is awkwardly funny. 9. Calling Out The Party Pooper © Imgur What a timing! The meme is so on point and kind of goes really well with the entire image. Almost as if the cat moved near the boy to call him out for really spoiling the fun. 10. We've All Got That Friend © Imgur This one is all too relatable. We've all got that friend who loses their shit after downing a couple of drinks. Though the photographs make up for a lot of fun afterwards, but it can be a little difficult to handle at times. Funny and relatable much? We know.
  24. Myths and misconceptions have been a part and parcel of the fitness industry since seemingly forever. A lot of baseless and non-proven pieces of advice being thrown around by trainers and coaches like those set of dumbbells that were heavy in the first place for them to be lifting. One such golden piece of advice that everyone would be familiar with is that 'eating late at night makes you fat'. Where did this thought originate from? © Pixabay It started when research found a correlation between people indulging in late night snacking having a high BMI categorized as overweight or obese. As soon as this study results were published, gym bros started skipping their evening meals just like Instagram models skip leg days. And better yet, they had a few theories for the same. Let's break all of them down. Theory 1 - Your metabolism slows down at night Claim - When you sleep, you will burn very little calories vs. when you are awake and thus store all the calories as fat. Reality - Recent studies have shown that your metabolism or more importantly Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) changes very little when you are asleep compared to being awake. Your heart is still pumping blood, you are still breathing, your brain is still active, etc. So this claim has no real data backing it. Theory 2 - Your insulin levels are higher at night Claim - As your insulin levels are higher, you store more fat. Reality - Though your insulin levels are comparatively higher at night as to very early in the morning, they do not really change much vs. during mid-day or say afternoon. If high insulin levels really caused fat gain (which they do not, at least not directly), eating meals during the mid-day would also make you fat with the same logic that higher insulin levels are actually the reason that you become fat. © YouTube Theory 3 - Carbs after 8 pm make you fat Claim - If you eat carbohydrates in the evening and specifically after 8 pm, it will make you fat. Reality - Carbohydrates are the main source of energy or fuel for our bodies. The carbohydrates you consume either get burned off or get stored as glycogen. Almost never do they directly get stored as fat. They inversely affect fat oxidation in your body. It goes like: A. Eat more carbs, burn more carbs for energy, burn less fat for energy, store more fat. B. Eat fewer carbs, burn fewer carbs for energy, burn more fat for energy, store less fat. So technically, the 8 pm deadline does not really matter that much. It is your overall dietary energy intake for the day that makes a difference and not the number of carbohydrates per se. And if you look at it, a majority of the late night snacking options are calorie-dense low-volume junk items like chips, chocolate, cakes, ice-cream, etc. Basically, it is easier to consume a lot of calories with these food choices and in turn, eat more calories than needed by your body, thus making you fat. So does eating late at night make you fat? Not really. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  25. These are the times of the internet where being online and going viral is every netizen's waking dream. While we get the fascination behind the WWW, given that it is home to some of the most awesomesauce, exotic and enlightening content from around the world and across the board, yet we fail to fathom the unrestrained dependence people exhibit towards all things “trending” or “viral”. How acceptable are such forms of validations, be it in the form of likes or views? It wasn't long ago since the trend of undertaking viral social media challenges began, with some of the extremely popular ones being the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Mannequin Challenge and more recently the Kiki Challenge made popular by numerous celebs. While these “challenges” started out as means of harmless entertainment, the ungoverned cyber world has allowed other freaky challenges to make their way into our lives via phones and laptops. The 'Fatal' Momo Challenge © YouTube One such challenge that has surfaced most recently is called the Momo Challenge and it will remind you of the Blue Whale Challenge that troubled the nation not so long ago. Targeted at unsuspecting young minds, this challenge came into the limelight after a 12-year old Argentinian girl allegedly killed herself over the 'challenge'. It works pretty similarly to the Blue Whale Challenge as well - people are lured and given instructions to follow, failing which they are blackmailed and threatened with dire consequences. How It Works © YouTube Mexican Computer Crime Investigation Unit has reported that the challenge started in a Facebook group wherein members were 'challenged' to contact a particular number. Once the contact was established they were ordered to follow instructions and if they refused, they were threatened and sent violent and disturbing images. With Japanese artist Midori Hayashi's artwork 'Mother Bird' as its avatar, the Momo accounts have been found to be connected to three numbers in Mexico, Columbia and Japan. A number of alleged Momo cases have been reported from France, the US, Germany and Mexico. Though there haven't been any reports of the challenge having reached the Indian subcontinent, but with a growing number of Indians subscribing to mobile data services and getting online, the possibility of the challenge reaching India might not be too far into the future. Here Is What You Should Do © Twitter Though the challenge is targeted at teens but there is no denying that a lot of 'adventurous' souls out there might also feel the urge to give this a go, even if simply for the “kicks”. What we need to do as a society is to accept that the challenge might hit the screens in India any day now and we need to be prepared. Talking about it and cautioning the youngsters around us is a no brainer but the next best thing is to have open conversations around cyber bullying and mindlessly giving in to every other online challenge that surfaces, either for the likes or the kicks you might expect to get out of them. This Momo Challenge surely isn't as fun as the name might suggest and it will do us a great deal of good to give this one a miss.
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